WISCA School for Children with Autism

The Watson Institute Social Center for Academic Achievement (WISCA) is a special education school program designed to meet the individual needs of autistic students who are currently able to benefit from a general education curriculum with appropriate accommodations but require significant social and therapeutic support that is not available in a traditional public school setting.

Watson is committed to providing an educational environment where students feel safe, comfortable, and successful.

WISCA Program for Autistic Students Includes:

  • Online curriculum and in-class instruction that fully recognizes and incorporates the unique learning styles of each student. Students in 1st through 6th grade utilize Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Go Math and Journeys Curriculum
  • Therapeutic support and instruction are provided by a team of social workers, educators, and supportive staff to help students achieve goals outlined in their Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
  • Student enrollment in classes is based on their grade level, cognitive level, and graduation requirements per their home school district. Electives are based on students’ interests.

Services Supporting the Transition to Adulthood

Students in the WISCA program are provided with life skills supports and development to help prepare them for graduation and their transition into adulthood. Special Education Transition Services such as In-House Vocational Experiences (IHVE) and Community Based Instruction (CBI) provide pre-vocational experiences in practical settings such as on-campus, and at local community businesses and organizations. These programs help students with special needs work on functional and social skills development to prepare for their next step into adulthood.

For more information or to refer a student to WISCA, contact Meagan Trimbur, M.Ed., Educational Liaison.

412-749-2805 or [email protected]

WISCA Referral Form

Additional Resources:

WISCA has three convenient locations in the Pittsburgh region:

The Watson Institute
200 Linden Avenue
Sharpsburg, PA 15215

The Watson Institute
301 Camp Meeting Road
Sewickley, PA 15143

The Watson Institute
230 Hickory Grade Road
Bridgeville, PA 15017